Owned by Richard Curtiss, Carl Douglass, and Jamie Bassett, Chatham Kelp is one of three companies permitted on Cape Cod. It is the only one that is a standalone farm not associated with a shellfish grant. Chatham Kelp started in 2018 with 5 lines in the waters off of Chatham, MA. They got underway with help from CT-based Green Wave, a non-profit that trains and supports regenerative ocean farmers. Year on year, Chatham Kelp is expanding it’s kelp beds, now up to 10 lines with sights on 15 for the next growing season. They are currently selling beauty bars and balms made from the kelp farmed in Nantucket Sound.
A Connecticut native, Richard J. Curtiss grew up spending summers in Chatham. Throughout college, Richard split time between the slopes of Colorado as a member of the University of Colorado Boulder freestyle ski team and working on tuna boats here at the Cape. He has lived in Aspen, Washington D.C., New York, Newport, and Boston, now making Chatham his full time home. In his photographs, Richard sees his surroundings with a unique eye, capturing color, texture, light, and emotion in impactful images that bring to life all there is to love about this beautiful place.